Sunday, September 6, 2009

Daw Aung's Appeal, Hamas Grown Up...

Ali Soufan
Robert Haddick
Kathleen Parker
Paul Krugman

"Gen. Stanley McChrystal's report on the situation in Afghanistan is likely to strain relations between the Obama administration and the uniformed military." - Robert Haddick

"If Obama hasn't liked the tenor of town-hall meetings, wait until he meets pro-lifers at full throttle." - Kathleen Parker

"...whatever is driving all this doesn’t have anything to do with the realities of what I, or, much more important of course, Obama say or do." - Paul Krugman

If I can just get off of this LA freeway...
Well, Michael Jackson's body has finally been laid to rest. I wondered how long they could have kept the body in the freezer before the plastic parts of his face started falling off... or if someone in the coroner's office made a little extra by letting kinky rich ghouls in to see the body? The real tragedy in his death is that the family members and hangers-on who were in his house that night have not been charged with murder.

The wildfire that ravaged Los Angeles is being called arson, and they are looking for the person who lit the match. Hals of California has been burned in the last few years, I wouldn't be surprised if they discovered a terrorist cell who has been driving around setting fires instead of careless campers and cigarette smokers thoughtlessly tossing matches... Who uses matches anymore? Either that, or Arnold really is the Terminator...

Free Daw Aung...
Maybe some good news out of Burma. the BBC News is reporting that: "Lawyers for Burma's pro-democracy opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, say a court has accepted to hear their appeal against her latest sentence.
Legal representatives say an appeal against her extended house arrest will be heard in Rangoon on 18 September.
Aung San Suu Kyi's detention was extended by 18 months after she was convicted of breaching security laws.
Ms Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the last 20 years in detention. The latest sentence has drawn international condemnation." Maybe the European Union freezing the foreign bank accounts of the Burmese judges along with the military officers in charge had something to do with it. I don't know, does money talk?

Hamas all grown up...
What has happened to Hamas? It's beginning to act responsibly, wanting reconciliation with Fatah before any elections, according to al Jazeera: "The leader of Hamas has called for Palestinian reconciliation before elections, saying unless his movement is accepted by its rival Fatah, democracy will not lead to unity.

"No presidential or parliamentary elections can be carried out without harmony and reconciliation," Meshaal said in the Egyptian capital, Cairo." 

Not to be outdone, Israel flipped off the US by allowing hundreds more new construction in the West Bank. This is supposed to be land that will be under Palestinian jurisdiction if a Palestinian state is created, and the US had stated its opposition to any construction.

According to the Jerusalem Post, this is a political strategy employed by benjamin Netanyahu: "Yes, Israel will agree to a temporary moratorium - the first such moratorium since then-prime minister Menachem Begin was holding talks at Camp David in the late 1970s.

But before the moratorium, Israel will announce the approval of hundreds of new apartments that - together with the 2,500 units already being build in West Bank settlements - will provide for what Netanyahu calls normal life (and which the world has taken to calling "natural growth").
What the prime minister will do by first approving more units, before calling for a freeze whose length will be dependent on the normalization gestures to be promised by the Arab world, is to try to disarm his opponents on the Right who will accuse him of capitulation." Who knows? Maybe we are taking another step towards peace and reconciliation...

some Middle East late night jokes:

"A ceasefire went into effect between Israel and Hezbollah. Total disaster. We are no longer on the road to World War III. Jesus was half way here. Now he has turn his cloud of glory and go back to heaven -- and it does not get good mileage. Here's the worst part. Guess who brokered this peace in the Middle East? The U.S. and the French working through the UN. The only non-offensive word in that sentence is 'through.'" --Stephen Colbert

"There's now a 48-hour cease-fire going on in the Middle East. Israel will stop attacking Hezbollah, but Hezbollah will not necessarily agree to stop attacking Israel. Hey, we can't even get Mel Gibson to stop attacking Israel." --Jay Leno

"Lebanon. Our president, President Bush, has rejected calls for an immediate cease-fire on the grounds that he'd prefer a 'sustainable cease-fire.' It makes sense. He doesn't want the killing to stop until he's sure it will stop. So, there will be more killing until the president's convinced that there will be no more killing. Or everyone else runs out of people." --Jon Stewart

"Another day in the Middle East. Obviously the cease-fire fell through, talks fell apart, they lasted about two hours. Even the O.J. jury managed to meet longer than that." --Jon Stewart

"We're still on the road to World War III. Things were looking a little grim last week -- all those countries pressuring us to call for an immediate cease-fire, but we stayed strong. Sure, we sent over Condi Rice to negotiate, but she's not there for cease-fire. No, she's there for 'sustainable cease-fire,' which considering the Middle East, is like sending her to bring back Jimmy Hoffa on a unicorn." --Stephen Colbert

"More rockets were fired into Israel today. Israel responded by bombing more targets inside Lebanon. Now there's talk the U.S. might send some troops over there to help with border security. That's when you know the people over there are in trouble, when they start asking our advice on border security." --Jay Leno

"This morning the Vatican weighed in on the crisis. The Vatican came out and condemned Israel's attacks on Lebanon ... which is great, because all day yesterday, the Jews and Muslims were asking, 'What do the Catholics think?'" --Conan O'Brien

"Of course, world leaders are getting involved in the crisis right now. Earlier today Germany's chancellor called for the attacks on Israel to stop. After hearing about it, a spokesperson for Israel said, 'You know things are bad when Germany's got your back'." --Conan O'Brien

"The biggest surprise of the election: it was the lowest voter turnout ever. A dismal 63.2%. That's the lowest turn-out they've ever had. You know we shouldn't be bringing democracy to the Middle East, they should be bringing it to us" --Jon Stewart, on the Israeli election

"Big news in the Middle East. Yesterday the Israeli government began moving thousands of Jewish settlers from the Gaza strip. This is huge. And officials say once the area is cleared of all Jews the area will be renamed Utah." --Conan O'Brien

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